Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store

Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store

In the present day, most Android handsets sport a discreet multi-color LED light on the front, which shines when there is something requiring the user's attention, often in a different color, depending on the type and priority of the notification. Of course, what would Android be if developers hadn't made a few apps that let you customize your phone's LED to shine the colors that you prefer?

A while back, we talked about editing your Android phone's notification colors with the help of the app Light Flow, but it's not the only one of its kind out there. So, we did a little digging, looking for light, reliable, or feature-rich apps that let users customize their LED colors and we came up with these five gems, each with its strengths and weaknesses. Get your fave and let us know if everything is working a-OK!

Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store
Light Flow


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Probably the most well-known app among the flock, Light Flow really makes an effort to work on whatever phone you may have, with its HTC- and Galaxy S3-specialized settings, or the tick box for devices that need root to allow LED-access.

Light Flow also grants us with LED brightness control, this time in 10 fine-tuning steps, and will also allow for an alternation mode, blinking the diode in all the different colors for the received notifications. However, it will also allow us a Priority mode, which will only blink the color, representing the most important thing we have missed (and priorities are, of course, user-customizable).

The pro version of Light Flow ($2.49) supports a huge list of apps, so if you like it – you may want to consider shelling out.


Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store
Light Manager – LED Settings


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We really like Light Manager – it has a very simple, yet very visualizing menu of what color is assigned to what notification. Its general settings will allow users to choose three brightness level steps, at which they wish their LED to shine, set a delay for turning the LED on after a notification has been received, and manually map the different colors (in hex code), just in case their specific LED is misbehaving in terms of color reproduction.

Setting up an individual notification will allow the user to choose the color it shines in, the flashing rate (from always on to 5 seconds between blinks), and allow them to assign specific contacts their own colors. Additionally, the app can support notifications from any app installed on one's phone – something that users often complain to lack from other such apps.

It also has an "Alternating mode", which flashes the LED in different colors, corresponding to all the different notifications that need to be read.


Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store
LED Blinker Notifications


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Yeah, that's a mouthful. LED Blinker Notifications is a bit slow and rough around the edges, but we still like how all the notifications are plainly shown in a list right before our eyes, and that we are allowed to customize our lights in RGB.

This one's settings will let you fine-tune the LED brightness via a percentage slider, use the phone's screen as a fake LED, set blink rate, or even repeat the sound / vibration of notifications.

Now, the lite version is riddled with ads and limits the apps, whose notifications LED Blinker will warn you about, but its still worth a try. The full version will cost you $2.35.


Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store
MyLED


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This cheeky little app has two downfalls – its description in the playstore is too much "out there", and it's confirmed to be incompatible with the HTC One (M8).

On the flip side – MyLED is extremely simple and straightforward – upon launching it, you will be presented with all the apps currently installed on your device. Choose one of them and you will be taken to a screen with an RGB wheel, which allows you to customize the color of notifications coming from this exact app.

The app is free with lots of ads and doesn't have a paid version, so that may get a little annoying.


Let there be hue: five of the best LED color change apps on the Play Store
Ultimate LED


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A pretty simple, yet effective, free, and ad-less solution. It allows you to add any app you have on your device and set LED color and blink rate for its notifications.

It also has a sleep mode and a blacklist, for whenever you do not wish the diode to light up. There is not much else to say about this one – it's the lightest of the bunch. So, if you just want to grab a small app and quickly change all of your notification lights to pink – maybe this one is the best choice.

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21 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Anybody else keep getting diverted to porn/dating sites and gift world websites whilst browsing phonearena. It is happening more and more and it ONLY HAPPENS on this website. I have NO problems on any other sites I browse

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No, though I use a PC as often as a blue moon. I use mobile devices just about exclusively an don't get this issue. So I assume, on a PC with some browser of some sort? Someone probably knows to stop or block that crap, I remember using a PC long ago an hated this sight for pop ups. Enough so if I had to use that venue, I wouldn't come here.

7. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Nope it's just you... I think.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use dolphin in desktop mode therefore no issue.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol just download ad block

2. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Getting a little sick of it and will be leaving phonearena if it keeps happening

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Adblock, dude. Adblock. I've never seen an ad or gotten a redirect.

8. fatTony

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I've experienced similar issues when accessing this site using my phone's default browser. It redirects me to the Play Store to download some stupid game or app. Annoying popup ads is one thing but this is getting out of hand.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This has never happened to me. Doesn't matter if I use adblock or no. Only ads I might get are the google ads on the sides of the site. And they are not in the way at all. But of course I usually get rid of the using adblock :)

3. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Thought Light manager was the only such app available, Will try out the rest

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'm using Light Manager, it's good. Used Light Flow previously but didn't liked it. Also don't like apps with ads support, will surely give a try to Ultimate LED.

10. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

It's happening on my galaxy note 3 using chrome

11. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Phonearena have emailed me asked me to take a screenshot next time it happens so I will do that.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That is a ray of sunshine for PA!! Thanks for letting us know that. +1

18. paul.k

Posts: 289; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Do not hesitate to let us know when such anomalies occur. Browsing PA should not be an ad-infested experience

14. GenericFanboy

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

The LED on the s5 suck, orange appears as yellow and it seems dimmer even on brightest. My s3 does a way better job with the LED.

15. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

/r/titlegore

17. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Would any of these apps work if you have a phone with only green and red notification lights? On my phone it blinks red when the battery is low or glows red while charging. And for notifications is blinks green but at different speeds for different notifications such as missed calls, texts, voicemail etc. So I was wondering can any of these apps create more colors?

19. paul.k

Posts: 289; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Well, if the green and red come from the same LED, this means it's most likely a multi-color LED and these apps should work. Just test one of the lighter ones (last two) - you've nothing to lose.

20. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I tested the apps and only the red and green LED light shows up. Do you think rooting my phone might possibly unlock the potential for more colors to show (that's if there are more than the above two)?

21. Juampazo

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 08, 2016

Can anybody tell me, does my LED indicator light can suffer damage if it changes from color to color really fast for a period of 5 mins. like intermitently?

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